From Margaret on January 24th, 2012 in Bathroom Remodel
Bathroom remodeling can be an exciting (and often necessary) home improvement project. While some projects are meant to take the bathroom to whole new levels of lavish spa-like enjoyment, most bathroom remodels are meant to improve the bathroom’s functionality and aesthetics without putting a major dent in a homeowner’s savings.
If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, take a deep breath of relief and know that this project will give you one of the highest returns on any home improvement investment. A new bathroom will automatically modernize your home, as well as increase its sell-ability when that time comes.
And . . . you can complete this worthwhile project on a budget and still get exactly what you were hoping for.
Where to start? For estimates and bathroom pricing, click here.
Then check out 5 bathroom budget ideas that really work.
1. Start flipping through photos
The key to hot bathroom remodeling ideas is hundreds of photos. This vital step is the backbone to any home improvement project. When considering renovating, ideas of grandeur can float freely through your mind, but the first challenge is to get those ideas concretely onto paper. Peruse design sites, browse bathroom remodeling pictures and decide what you like.
Determine how much you’re willing to spend on the project (and keep in mind that adding a little cushion to your budget will save you the stress of going slightly over when you encounter unexpected bumps, of when you find that perfect chandelier you never thought you’d find but are willing to pay up for. This overall process of planning will cost you much less money in the long run.
2. Hire a pro when you actually need one
Once you’ve planed, you should find a bathroom contractor. CalFinder has an extensive database of contractors in your area who can help you execute your project to perfection. With such a technical room as the bathroom, you want a professional to install the new plumbing system or faucets and commode.
But don’t think that you have to leave it all to the contractors. You can save money by divvying up the responsibilities. While you may not want to install a claw-foot tub yourself, you can do smaller projects, such as prep work, painting, and installing drawer pulls and wall fixtures.
3. Think in colors (of paint).
While wallpaper may entice you, save money and ultimate hassle by going with new bathroom paint instead. A semi-gloss paint will last much longer and look wonderful in your bathroom. For an ultimate change in aesthetics, go with something drastically new. If you had white walls, consider dark navy or gray.
And the best money-saving news is that you can do this yourself. Just remember to spend most of your time on the prep work, to do a professional job.
4. Get low-cost, re-purposed materials
Consider saving money and adding individuality by going with repurposed materials in your bathroom. Consider using repurposed planks for your flooring, or a second-hand mirror that adds that unique panache you’re looking for. You’ll be saving the earth’s resources as well as your pocketbook.
5. Be flexible
While you have a firm plan in mind, remember the importance of being flexible in the process. The most exhilarating components of any remodeling project are the surprises that come along the way.